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Blog | March 2010

Welcome to our blog – The Bottom Line, where you’ll find up-to-date commentary and analysis on the most important news in the fiscal world. Below is a list of our blog posts.
Mar 31, 2010

The Onion Takes the Deficit Challenge

 The Onion has decided to take the deficit challenge. Their idea might just be the most original one yet: Eliminate the U.S. Senate. "...
Mar 31, 2010 | Economics

Interest Rates and the Fiscal Outlook

A great debate is breaking out over concerns for our growing debt, and it is centered around interest rates on Treasury securities.  A fear held...

‘Line’ Items: Hoops, Blossoms and Canaries

Health Care Makes it Through the Final Hoops – Congress completed work last week on the reconciliation package, which included fixes to the...
Mar 29, 2010

Weekend Editorial Roundup

Here are the highlights from this weekend’s editorials on fiscal and budget policy:The New York Times believed that the suits made by various...

CBO/JCT Reports Roundup

A number of very interesting and relevant government reports came out this week. Check them out:CBO: Costs and Policy Options for Federal Student...
Mar 25, 2010 | Economics

Sovereign Risk Jitters

For budget and market watchers, the month of March has been a little scary. It is not easy to come out of the deepest recession and financial crisis...
Mar 25, 2010 | Budgets & Projections

Time to Get Started: Final Three Appointees to the Fiscal Commission and Executive Director Named

Today Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed the final three members to National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform: Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.),...
Mar 25, 2010 | Budget Process| Health Care

Ping Pong on Reconciliation: Senate Votes to Pass Reconciliation Measure, House Must Now Vote Again

The Senate passed the reconciliation bill on health care bill reform (that includes student loan provisions) this afternoon by a vote of 56 to 43....
Mar 25, 2010 | Budgets & Projections

The Costs of Current Policies

This morning, we released our review of CBO's Analysis of the President's Budget, which discusses the budget implications of the President's FY 2011...
Mar 24, 2010 | Budget Process

Spring Arrives: Bring Out the Baseball Caps--And the Budget Caps

Signaling bipartisan support for much-needed spending restraint, more than 100 members of the House and Senate are sponsoring legislation that would...

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